Listen to Kurt Cobain’s Early ‘Been a Son’ Demo From Upcoming ‘Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack
The arrival of Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings -- a collection of Kurt Cobain’s early audio recordings billed as a solo album -- is fast approaching, and now Brett Morgen, the director behind the corresponding Cobain documentary, has unveiled another of the album’s tracks.
Morgen discovered hundreds of hours of Cobain’s audio while conducting research for his film. During that process, he unearthed many early Nirvana demos, including a rough draft of “Been a Son,” which you can now hear in the video at the top of the page (via Rolling Stone).
The song first appeared on Nirvana’s Blew EP in 1989. Another version was included in the band’s 1992 Incesticide compilation. Montage of Heck boasts yet another take -- which Morgen says is only one of many versions of the song he found -- that captures Cobain playing an unplugged electric guitar and humming where the lyrics would eventually go. The super-brief track concludes with Cobain saying “bass part” and then playing what he envisioned for Krist Novoselic.
Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings is due out on CD, cassette and digitally Nov. 13 via UMe. A vinyl release will follow on Dec. 4. The album will be issued as a standard 13 tracks and a deluxe 31-track box set. There will also be a 7” single featuring the two Montage of Heck soundtrack songs that have already surfaced: Cobain’s cover of the Beatles' “And I Love Her” and an early demo of Nirvana’s “Sappy.” That's slated for a Nov. 20 arrival. The Montage of Heck DVD will also land in stores on Nov. 13.